Galway International Arts Festival

Work has already begun on the line-up for our 41st Galway International Arts Festival, which takes place from 16-29 July 2018.

Festival 2018

Three-time Grammy Award winners and one of Q magazine’s ‘50 Bands to See Before You Die’ The Flaming Lips will play the Festival Big Top on 26 July as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2018. They will be joined on bill by one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Madness (27 July) double platinum selling indie rock band Walking on Cars (Saturday 21 July - Sold Out); indie sensation Caribou, who are set to play their only Irish gig of the summer (Saturday 28 July); Choice Music prize winner Gavin James (Friday 20 July); the hugely popular Kodaline (Thursday 19 July - Sold Out), 2FM Live with Jenny Greene & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Sunday 29 July). Among the theatre highlights will be Irish National Opera's new opera production Orfeo ed Euridice and physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths' new critically-acclaimed show Backbone

More announcements are coming soon, so sign up to our newsletter now or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to hear about the programme first and secure your tickets. In the meantime, here's a taster of the kind of line-up you can expect at Galway International Arts Festival 2018.

GIAF on Tour

Grief is the Thing with Feathers starring Cillian Murphy and adapted and directed by Enda Walsh, presented by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, will premiere in Galway in March before going on to the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin. Tickets are now sold out, but you can find more information here

Ballyturk, the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production, written and directed by Tony Award winning playwright Enda Walsh, just finished its run at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York. Read what the critics had to say here

Woyzeck in Winter, our Landmark Productions co-production starring Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, finished its run at The Barbican in London in September and also played as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in October, continuing GIAF’s strategy of touring new work. The production is nominated for six Irish Times Theatre Awards. Read the reviews here

Festival 2017 

An estimated 210,000 people from Ireland and across the world travelled to Galway to be part of our 40th anniversary celebrations and attend performances, talks, concerts, street events and exhibitions, representing an increase of 5% on last year. Check out the highlights here

Festival 2017 Reviews

The Guardian named Galway Interntional Arts Festival as one of their Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe.

Rave reviews also flooded in for the festival 2017’s world premieres. The Guardian lauded Woyzeck in Winter, describing the production as ‘triumphant… brilliant… extraordinary’ while The Sunday Independent described the show as ‘a dazzling achievement.’

There was also widespread critical acclaim for GIAF’s first ever opera, The Second Violinist, produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. The Irish Times described it as ‘an extraordinary modern opera’ with The Guardian saying it was an ‘exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film’.